Leslie Bowlus, Guest Blogger

While surfing the web last week I came across a blogger named Leslie.  She posted photos of herself pre and post Paula Young wig and I absolutely loved it! I reached out to Leslie and asked her if she would be interested in writing a post for our readers and she enthusiastically said yes.

Here is what Leslie had to say:

Hello people,

Recently I had an opportunity to shop the wig site Paula Young.  This is a great place to shop if you want to change your hairstyle or length instantly!  If you happen to live with alopecia or have had hair loss from cancer, this is a wonderful place to look for wigs or even hair extensions.

As the followers on my blog know, I have metastatic breast cancer.  This means that I have long term chemo in my future.  I have completely lost my hair as well as my eyelashes and some of my eyebrows.  There is nothing that makes a woman feel quite as self-conscious as being hairless.  So, of course I have a wig. Actually I have two, one of my wigs synthetic and one that is human hair and synthetic blend.  I like them both, but the blend is more real feeling to me.

The thing about wig shopping is that it is difficult to match how your hair looked before treatment.  The very cool thing about Paula Young wigs, as compared to other sites, is that it has so many options to choose from.  There are many different lengths, colors, styles and types.  You could choose synthetic, a blend of human hair and synthetic or even shell out a little more and get a human hair wig.  There are also different price points and they have terrific sales!  So if you wanted to have more than one wig to change your look or style, you can totally afford it here.

In addition to all the wig options there are accessories.  You will need and want a wig stand.  There are a couple stands to choose from.  There is the wire stand, which I use for the wigs I have currently and there is the styling stand.  I wish I had gotten that instead because it seems more solid for wig placement and styling than the wire one.  The wire one that I have from the wig shop my insurance sent me to, falls over and moves around.  You live and learn, right?

I never saw myself as someone who would have to shop for a wig. But here I am. Now I am trying to make the best of it by having a few wig options to choose from. If you find yourself in this situation, I would really recommend this site for a couple of reason.  One reason is that it came highly recommended by my cancer treatment center. Another reason is that in all my searches, I kept coming back to Paula Young to look around.  I guess I was drawn to the site.

If you get a wig from here, send in a photo or email and let me know what you think of it!!

Leslie Bowlus
If you’d like to read Leslie’s blog, please click here.

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How to Properly Care & Maintain Your Wigs

My last post, “Not Getting Compliments Like You Used To?” was all about knowing the signs of when to replace your wig. This post will be dedicated to keeping your wig looking as good as new.

Prior to joining the Paula Young family I thought I knew how to properly tend to my wigs, but boy was I wrong.  Here is a quick recap of how to wash your wigs correctly:

  1. Before I even start to wash my wig, I first remove any tangles using a wide-tooth comb. Then, I turn it inside out.
  2. Next, I let it soak in cold water with my wig-safe shampoo (shown right) for about 5 minutes. It’s important to not rub the wig, but swirl it gently in the water.
  3. After the shampoo and cold water bath, I rinse the wig thoroughly and turn it right side out again. To dry: blot with a towel to remove excess water.  Do not apply heat to synthetic wigs!

While your wig is wet

  • Do not rub, wring, twist, brush or comb.
  • Place directly on wig stand.  Avoid using a Styrofoam styling head when wig is wet to avoid stretching.
  • Spritz with Paula Young Wig Conditioner.
  • Air dry at room temperature.

When dry…

  • Simply brush or comb into desired look. Remember not to brush a curly synthetic wig: instead finger style or use a pick comb.

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Not Getting Compliments Like You Used To?

Not getting compliments like you used to? Then, it might be time for a new wig.  While all of our wigs are made of the finest quality, like all things, they eventually need to be replaced.  As a general rule of thumb, if you wear your wig every day; it should hold for about three months.  If you are only an occasional wig wearer, you may get six or more months of wear.

Proper care and maintenance with the right products will extend the life of your wig. Our line of Paula Young hair products are designed to treat, clean and condition your wig, so that it looks fresh longer.

Not sure if it’s time for a new wig? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time for a replacement:

  • Color has dulled
  • Hair looks frizzy
  • Wig has lost its luster
  • Style doesn’t hold its shape all day
  • Wig doesn’t feel as comfortable or secure
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Perfect Pre-Styled Synthetic Looks for the Women on the Go!

The days of spending countless hours at the salon are over! Take advantage of our pre-styled synthetic looks that will leave you fashionable without all the fuss. This built-in style means a beautiful look every day.

Here are a few pointers:

“Shake ‘n Go!” – The “Shake ‘n Go” method is what it says.  Simply shake and go.  Many wig styles especially shorter ones, need only a good shake and they are ready to wear.

Keep Things Relaxed – Don’t worry about getting last hair perfectly in place.  This can make your wig look less natural.

Don’t Use Heat – Never expose your synthetic wig to excessive heat.  This will damage the fibers.  Do not use heated styling tools and avoid open ovens, grills and radiators.

Bring on the texture – Even though these synthetic styles are good to go with a tousle, you can add even more dimension and shine with gel or hairspray.

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PaulaYoung.com Announces the Arrival of New Gabor Styles

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the new GABOR® 2011 Summer Collection.  This unparalleled collection showcases six new styles that include:  two GABOR® Next styles, three GABOR® Next Luxury styles, and one hairpiece.  Best of all you can buy them all at PaulaYoung.com!

These six new styles create a unique collection with every detail in mind.  The collection features hand-knotted tops, comfortable caps, and natural looking colors…so you always feel confidently beautiful!

The new styles include the following:

High Society: Style: Straight, Material: Synthetic, Length: Mid-Length 10″ front; 11″ crown; 61/2″ sides; 31/2″ nape. Weight: 3.8 oz. Features: Kankelon Flexlite® fiber. Velvet-lined ear tabs and nape. Sheer lace front. Hand-tied monofilament part. Personal Fit™ cap.

Upper Cut:  Style: Straight  Material: Synthetic Length: Short 3″ front; 31/2″ crown; 23/4″ sides; 21/4″ nape. Weight: 2.6 oz. Kankelon Flexlite® fiber. Open ear tabs. Extended neck. Comfort Band™. Hand-tied monofilament crown. Personal Fit™ cap .

Symmetry:  Style: Straight Material: Synthetic Length: Short 3″ front and crown; 21/4″ sides and back; 2″ nape. Weight: 2.6 oz. Kankelon Flexlite® fiber. Open ear tabs.
Extended neck. Comfort Band™. Monofilament crown. Personal Fit™ cap .

Discretion: Style: Straight Material: Synthetic Length: Short 31/4″ front; 3″ crown; 2″ sides; 21/2″ back; 11/2″ nape. Weight: 2.6 oz. Kankelon Flexlite® fiber. Open ear tabs. Comfort Band™.  Extended neck. Personal Fit™ cap .

Flutter: Style: Curly Material: Synthetic Length: Mid-Length 4″ front; 61/2″ crown, sides, and back; 2″ nape. Weight: 2.7 oz. Kankelon Flexlite® fiber. Open ear tabs.  Comfort Band™. Personal Fit™ cap .

Go Lightly Hairpiece:  Style: Straight Material: Synthetic Length: Short 41/4″ front, crown, sides, back and nape. Weight: .5 oz.Flexible, honeycomb base. 2 pressure sensitive clips.

Note: Monofilament tops are great for anyone, especially people who suffer from medical hair loss.  Monofilament tops allow you to part the hair in any direction.

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